British authorities have identified two of the three culprits behind the Saturday night terror attack in London that claimed at least seven lives and left roughly 50 more people injured: Pakistan-born Khuram Butt, 27, and Moroccan-Libyan Rachid Redouane, 30.
Both Butt and Redouane, along with another accomplice whose name has yet to be publicized, were shot dead by police after carrying out a grisly car-and-knife attack that began on London Bridge and continued throughout the nearby Borough Market area.
According to Metropolitan Police Assistant Commander Mark Rowley, investigators are now trying to determine the identity of the third attacker. He also noted that Butt was at the center of an investigation as early as two years ago but “there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly.”
“Work is ongoing to understand more about them, their connections and whether they were assisted or supported by anyone else,” Rowley added.
Neither Rowley nor other members of the law enforcement community acknowledged the fact that Butt was once featured in a Channel 4 documentary about radicalized Islamic extremists who had ties to jailed preacher Anjem Choudary. The terrorist could be seen arguing with police officers in the street.
Several residents of Barking, from which both Butt and Redouane hailed, claim that they contacted police and anti-terrorism hotlines with concerns that Butt was not only radicalized himself, but also trying to radicalize other members of the community. However, authorities reportedly downgraded Butt to a lower threat level because they did not have any intel suggesting he was planning
or involved in the planning of an attack.
According to the National Health Service England, 36 people remain in the hospital and 18 are in critical condition. As some of them are suffering from wounds considered “life-threatening,” the death toll could still rise.